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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Sep 27, 2007 10:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Golden Road?

according to,
the original GD performed Golden Road 5 times:

12/18/65- The Big Beat Club - Palo Alto, CA
03/18/67- Winterland Arena - San Francisco, CA
04/12/67- Fillmore Auditorium - San Francisco, CA
05/05/67- Fillmore Auditorium - San Francisco, CA
06/08/67- Cafe au Go-Go - New York City, NY

I think we can safely rule out the '65 date.

I imagine it's possible they played it at other 1967 shows
for which there are no setlists or tapes - is that a strong possibility or an outside chance?

They must have liked it a little bit, as it was the a-side of the single off the 1st album, it's the 1st track on the 1st album, the surviving versions have a lot of energy e.g. "Join the party" back-ups...

I was there (oh no, not again...) the night (6-7-70) that guy requested it - it got a few laughs (Bobby's reply).

I saw the guy in the crowd, he had a handlebar mustache and a big grin on his face.

I take it there's no tape or it was cut off, of the '77 Winterland show where at show's end as band leaves the stage, someone shouts out "Cream Puff War"?

This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2007-09-28 05:43:11

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 28, 2007 7:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Golden Road?

Thanks, CPW...will have to keep an eye open for those other dates.

My comments about their views on Golden Road was based on a few things I read, so I may have it wrong. One account suggested they were "asked" by Warner Brothers to come up with a "releasable single" when they returned from the LA sessions that produced all the other songs and that they quickly put together GR in SF and it was the only song recorded there rather than in LA, and that their hearts weren't in it as a result of the request, etc., etc.

All speculation on my part, based on second hand musings of others.

Thanks for the time and input.